Employment & Internship Opportunities

News Reporter

New England Public Radio (WFCR and WNNZ) seeks a creative, highly motivated reporter to cover Berkshire County full time for the station’s award-winning news department. This position will be based in Pittsfield, Mass. The ideal candidate would be able to work under tight deadlines to produce issue-oriented, narrative-driven news and feature stories for the radio and web about events and people in western New England.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or related field. Two years professional journalism experience. Ability to report, research, write, edit and broadcast high-quality newscast and feature material. Excellent communication and language skills. Excellent judgment in evaluating and handling news and public information. Ability to travel to sources of news stories and work hours outside normal business day. Knowledge of FCC rules and the principles, practices and legal aspects of radio journalism. Familiarity with public broadcasting and public radio.

Hiring Salary Range: $37,300 – $46,700 (normal starting salary $37,300 – $42,000).

Apply at http://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=58860 with cover letter, resume and published writing sample. Email up to 30 minutes of broadcast samples to berkshirereporter@nepr.net. Review of applications began May 18, 2015 and will continue until June 17, 2015.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.

Internship Program

As part of the national public broadcasting system, New England Public Radio (NEPR) brings its 166,900 weekly listeners acclaimed news and entertainment programs like All Things Considered and Morning Edition, A Prairie Home Companion and Car Talk. Our locally produced programs feature classical, jazz, and world music, and our own award-winning regional news.

Our mission is to provide the area with diverse news, information, music and cultural programs of the highest quality. NEPR is committed to programs that entertain, educate, and inform in a lively, provocative, varied, and sensitive way. We help listeners explore and enjoy the world around them and enhance the quality of their lives.

Internship opportunities are available in News, Production, Marketing, Digital Media, and our Music Library. These opportunities are designed with two purposes in mind: to provide experience in the student’s area of interest and to help NEPR meet its operational needs. NEPR will conduct an initial screening of applicants and contact finalists for interviews.

NEPR offers 15 paid internships per year for students from the Five Colleges: UMass Amherst and Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges. Internships are available during the summer for students who don’t attend those schools; however, priority is given to students from the Five Colleges.

Applying for an Internship at NEPR

Internships are offered for a minimum period of one semester with the expectation of 8-10 hours per week of student time. An internship may be renewed for an additional period.

Applicants must complete the NEPR Internship Application Form. A cover letter, writing sample (if applying for news, marketing or digital media internships) and resumé are required. If you have questions, please e-mail internship@nepr.net.

Deadlines for internship applications:

  • Fall Semester: September 15th
  • Spring Semester: December 15th
  • Summer (late May/early June through August): April 1st

Internship Descriptions

News – Applicants should be interested in journalism and public affairs, familiar with news writing and digital audio production, comfortable interviewing newsmakers and enjoy working under deadline. Students will work alongside NEPR’s experienced news team, learn the basics and get on air. Familiarity with NPR programs and public radio style is preferred. An understanding of basic web production is a plus.

  • Pitch story ideas to the News Director
  • Schedule and perform interviews in the studio, by telephone and in the field
  • Report, voice and mix spot and feature-length stories for broadcast

Production – Applicants should have excellent writing and above average computer skills. This is a good internship for a student who wants to work in broadcasting, but not necessarily in journalism. Students will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Audio production using Adobe Audition
  • Project Organization
  • Persuasive Writing

Marketing – Applicants should have a general knowledge of marketing strategies and above average computer and writing skills. Students will gain experience in the following areas of non-profit marketing:

  • Database maintenance
  • Assist with production of reports
  • Event planning assistance
  • Management of online networking activity including Facebook and Twitter

Digital Media – Applicants should be interested in content creation and production as well as have above average computer and writing skills. An understanding of basic web production is a plus. This is a good internship for a student interested in audio recording, video editing, and photography. Students will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Work with audio engineers to acquire recordings (music and voice)
  • Audio Production
  • Video capture and editing
  • Photography
  • Legal copyright releases

Music Library – Applicants should have knowledge of classical music and strong computer skills, particularly using data bases. This internship works with the station’s classical music library and is ideal for candidates with a background in music and an interest in data base management or library science. The intern will work with the library’s physical and digital assets including ripping CDs into the automation system and downloading music from online sources. Students will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Classical music programming
  • Maintenance of an extensive music data base
  • Maintenance of an active music library